STRATEGIES TO EAT SLOWLY FOR WEIGHT LOSSRushing. Every. Day. That’s what we are. Thanks to the fast-paced lifestyle that most of us are committed. Guilty. Are you?
Rushing with no time for anything can lead to a stressful, unhealthy living. And this negatively affects your ability to lose weight.
Now, how about slowing it down a little bit? Listen to Enya or Mozart. Cook your own food. And eat your meal slowly. Well, not as slow as in slow-motion. But you need to take time in chewing and appreciating the food in front of you.
So, what does it have to do with your goal to lose weight? A lot, actually.
According to MD, eating slowly may enhance your body’s ability to lose weight. Just by eating slower, you will be able to consume fewer calories without changing your diet. That said, you don’t have to follow the Paleo diet, juicing, etc.
The main reason for this is that it takes 20 minutes for our brain to acknowledge the fact that we are full. Consequently, if we eat slower than we used to, we are letting our brain to realize that our stomach is already packed. Then, we can stop on time.
When you speed eating, your gut hormone, which is responsible for telling your brain that you’re full, will be overwhelmed causing you to eat more leading to weight gain.
But how are you going to eat slower to achieve your weight loss goal this coming bikini season?
Here is a list of strategies that you may follow to eat at a slower pace:
1. Drink water
By this it means that you need to drink between bites. Take a sip of water after every bite of, say, omelet. It’s kind of daunting but it’ll slow you down and help you avoid devouring it all at once. When you do this, you will feel full easily causing you to stop eating.
2. Chew food thoroughly
Some of us, me included, chew our food for 3 to 5 times and swallow it down to take another bite. But, how about pacing yourself and give it at least 10 chews before you gulp it down? It will give yourself a time to think about your stomach.
3. Eat every two to three hours
Okay, this one is a little bit tricky for me. This will only be effective if you eat small meal every two to three hours and not eat a whole large plate filled with carbs. According to studies, this can increase your metabolism and avoid over-eating.
4. Concentrate on what you’re eating
This is why you need to eat in a dining table and not in front of a television or computer. While eating, you need to allow your brain and body to recognize the delicious meal that you have. It will help in triggering your hunger-fighting hormones.
When you focus on your food, you’ll enjoy every bite. Make each bite a gastronomic pleasure. By eating slower, your food will be chewed leading to better digestion. This will also result in fewer digestive problems.
What’s my take?
Generally, eating slowly will help you eat less, which is vital in weight loss. But these tips are only suggestions. This means that they may or may not work for you. In my case, drinking water in between bites and focusing on what I eat are useful in helping me eat less. However, there are times that I still eat a lot, even if I go fast or slow. This is especially true with pizza.
How about you? Do you think that eating slowly can help you eat less, thereby, achieving your weight loss goal more effectively? Let me know in the comment.